Wilmington woman tapped to help California university scarred by fraternity racism

Wilmington woman tapped to help California university scarred by fraternity racism

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - A California state university plagued by recent racist behavior from Greek organizations is calling on a Wilmington woman for help.

California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo has hired Kimberly McLaughlin-Smith. Considered a diversity specialist in the academic arena, McLaughlin-Smith has been tapped to work with the university's administration, faculty, staff, and students.

McLaughlin-Smith, who was a guest on WECT's News Now Wednesday, works in the human resources office at UNCW, but was hired as a private contractor by Cal Poly.

"Because of the network of colleagues I have across the country who do what I do, I have been invited into that situation to facilitate some dialogue and work toward positive change," says McLaughlin-Smith.

The president of Cal-Poly suspended all fraternities and sororities after photos surfaced this month showing a fraternity member in blackface and others dressed up as gang members.

McLaughlin-Smith says her mission is to open conversations and engage dialogue.

"I can tell you what I'm not going to do," she says. "I'm not going to be the magic pill or the fix. This is a journey and as we know, journeys don't always have destinations, but they all have paths."

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